The word “legend” is often thrown around liberally, but many Stoneham
residents don’t hesitate to use it about Bob Margarita.
A Medford native, Margarita starred for the Mustangs in baseball and
football, leading the baseball team to back-to-back appearances in the
State Tournament final at Fenway Park and later becoming a charter
member of the Medford High Hall of Fame.
It was on the football field, though, that his success would lead him
to a career path that would change his life. After starring for Medford,
Margarita went on to Brown University, where he led the nation in
rushing in 1942 until being injured in the second half of the season.
His 233 rushing yards against Columbia established a Bruin record
that would stand for fifty years and he was later named to the Brown
University Hall of Fame.
Margarita then went on to play for the Chicago Bears, where he was
named All-Pro in 1945 and helped them in their successful drive for the
NFL Championship in 1946.